With overnight temperatures dipping lower, Central Floridians are likely considering turning the heat on – which can cause their energy bills to spike. OUC has a few tips to help keep your energy bill low this winter through energy efficiency and weatherproofing.
Here are some tips to share and help save some money:
- If you’re going to turn your heat on, set the thermostat to 68 degrees and switch the fan to auto. Lowering your thermostat is the easiest and most effective way to lower your bill, and every degree makes a difference.
- To save even more, lower your thermostat to 65 degrees or cooler at night and when you’re away from home.
- Space heaters, electric blankets and layering your clothes are also ways to keep warm without turning up the heat.
- If you’re turning on a space heater to heat a room, keep it at least three feet away from furniture, bedding, walls, clothing and other flammable items.
- If you’re using an electric blanket to stay toasty, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and never tuck it into your bed.
- Now is the time to switch out your air filter if you haven’t recently. A dirty filter can increase the strain on your heating unit and increase operating costs.
- Check your windows and doors for any gaps in the weather-stripping that can cause heat to escape.
- At night, close blinds or drapes to help keep cold air out. During the day, open blinds and drapes to let the warm sunshine in.